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John Harlin III attempts to climb the North Face of the Eiger, the site of his father's death 40 years earlier.

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In 1966, John Harlin II died while attempting Europe's most difficult climb, the North Face of the Eiger in Switzerland. 40 years later, his son John Harlin III, an expert mountaineer and the editor of the American Alpine Journal, returns to attempt the same climb. Written by Murray Chapman

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Emotional, but not enough scenery or information.
27 April 2010 | by (EU) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed the first 15 minutes of "The Alps". Breathtaking views as an introduction, promise of a story, even some drawings and animations to provide real information about the Alps.

Then it got downhill as far as I am concerned.

The whole story is a bit of "I love and support him", "I must succeed", "rocks are dangerous, ice is dangerous, snow is dangerous", with many scenes arranged specifically to create emotions. This would have been fine as a background, but the whole "I must surmount my father's fall" story got in the first plane and obscured other content, once past the 15 minutes I mentioned.

There was not enough information about the mountain - no visualisation of the path taken, no details about rocks, just very brief mentions of "ya know, snow might go down in avalanche" and such. Nothing about how they use axe and other tools for climbing. Not much about the mountains. I have learned almost nothing about the Alps or climbing - only generic things that even kids know (at least in Europe). "Educational" scenes filmed on the train were too long and too basic for my liking.

Views? There was a bunch of great scenery showing the Alps, but overall not enough - and the remainder was the three people climbing, in closeups. Potential wasted, at least for me. Maybe the budget influenced that? Overall this film is for me an example of "an American documentary". Much fluff stretched over time, minimum interesting content that gets rehashed over and over. How many times do we need to hear about father of the hero? Come on, it's not US TV channel, there was no break for commercials and you don't need to remind people what they are watching...

I gave the movie a "5" as it has some great visuals and is pleasant to watch (but not as many of these as I expected) though it fails on other counts. Not too bad for an IMAX movie, not too good either.

Note: I am not saying this is a bad movie - just that I did not like it.


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